Yesterday, we had one of those incidents you hope will never happen.
I suppose when you mix babies, toddlers, dogs, cats and adults together in a confined space, something is bound to go wrong.
Someone who has been part of the family for years lets you down in the worst possible way.
Yesterday, when my back was turned for a moment, I heard a blood curdling scream from the baby. By the time I got back into the room, she was crying.
It was that awful, serious sort of crying where she was so upset that she couldn’t actually cry.
As soon as I looked at her hand, I could see the deep, purple bite marks. She was holding her hand up to me with her mouth wide open, waiting to find the breath to scream.
And then the screaming came, and the sobbing and the pitiful crying until she eventually cried herself to sleep.
That put us in such a difficult situation. Realistically, is it going to be possible to keep them separate?
I know it was a mistake to leave them in a room together unattended, but sometimes you just need to nip out of the room to grab something.
Can I just be more careful, making sure that I don’t leave them unsupervised? What if there is an emergency, can I ever trust them together again?
And what if I have to leave the house? Let’s face it, Lia has never really been away from me, but could I ever ask someone to come to the house to look after the children again?
I couldn’t expect them to deal with the guilt of my baby getting bitten. And what if it was more serious next time?
So I decided not to make any rash decisions. What could possibly happen during the course of an afternoon? I’d leave it, talk to my husband about it and make a decision later in the day.
And everything was going so smoothly until bed time.
I was just saying good night to the girls and I heard my husband cry out in pain. He had been bitten as well.
So now it wasn’t just the baby, I couldn’t even leave my husband unattended for fear of him getting hurt. It seems that nobody in our house is immune.
The kindest, gentlest member of our family has turned into a monster.
Where do we go from here?
I wonder if Gumtree take toddlers. Free to a good home?